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Tallmadge -- Over the past two years, Rachel Prior, a 5th grade student at Munroe Elementary School, has raised more than $4,000 for cerebral palsy.
In recognition of her fundraising efforts, Prudential Financial Inc., in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals [NASSP], honored Rachel as a Distinguished Finalist for Ohio in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Michael Allison, a representative of the NASSP, gave her an engraved bronze medallion during the Tallmadge Board of Education meeting March 19.
Rachel, who has a friend with cerebral palsy, founded the Elm Trail Race in 2012, a community fun run that raises money for the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland. She started the fun run because she and other youth are too young to run with her friend's Akron Marathon team.
The next Elm Trail Race is scheduled for Sept. 28.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All middle and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network in the U.S. were eligible to select a student or member for the awards last November. The award seeks to recognize young people for "outstanding acts of volunteerism."
Two State Honorees -- one middle and one high school student -- in addition to a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were chosen based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.
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